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  1. #381
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm View Post
    Thank you for posting this list. Extremely helpful even with typical caveats (everyone is different, hydration level, etc)
    My winter set-up is similar and I have always wondered about the lower limits.
    I couldn't have gone a third night with my gear regardless of temp unless I could have thoroughly dried out my quilts. The frost accumulation really starts to degrade the effectiveness of the down. When it stays cold the next day the frost/icing doesn't dry out on it's own like it does for three season camping. I was cold at 5am on the last day and had no choice but to get up early and start packing up right away to get myself warmed up. The big key when you get cold is to get active whether it be trudging through the snow or just going for a walk. My toes and fingers were numb and I grabbed a pair of glove warmers (felt like ice cubes for about 15 minutes until they started to work) and then I started packing up my gear, digging out snow stakes etc. and within 20 to 30 minutes I felt warmed up again. Amazing what body heat will do for you. Just getting the circulation going and general body heat will heat up the susceptible areas like hands and feet and you start to feel much better.

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    Awesome trip reports guys. Thanks for posting. Lots of good ideas/problem solving, and advice from the sages at HF. Hope the MFBH becomes an annual event.

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    I started a new post in Trip Reports, so we don't have to go to page 40!

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=26995

    Pizza, if you could copy your post and link to your great pics over there, we can keep them all together. I'm sure there are more pics to come, along with some good videos in the next few days.

    (Perhaps we should close this thread)
    Not all who wander are lost.

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    Will do. I will be posting a YouTube link shortly with the video of Fourdog demoing the Heated Hammock Super Shelter as well. It's been uploaded to YouTube but isn't available for viewing yet.

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    I'd like to say thank you to Beep for being the person who got the idea going.

    To all the people who showed interest and there support for the hang

    The followers of the the thread who thought we where crazy.
    Others that as it came to be watched over the weekend with the interest as if we where Chilen Miners.

    A bigger thank you is to the fellows who steped up to challange there gear and skills .
    In a evroiment that can be harsh at times .To you hats off you did it.

    Thank you for letting me share what I have learned from others to help you have a wonderfull time in the woods of Minnesota
    in the deep cold of winter. You all done good and have made me be better at what I do.

    Thanks to Todd for he's help finding the sight and a place to park.

    Lastly I have to say to "Firekeeper" , it never would have happened with out your help.
    Thanks for covering my back !! I man could not ask for a better friend.

    At that the First Minnesota Frozen Butt Hang is closed. The moderaters are welcome to shut 'ere down.

    fourdog

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    Just wanted to post a a thank-you to Fourdog and Firekeeper! Your patience, skills and teaching was very much appreciated. I very much enjoyed this trip and hope this is something we can repeat each year! The most important lesson for me was how important a fire can be in these conditions. We needed fire to dry our clothing, sleeping bags, cook our food and help keep us warm. The fire was also the area where we would gather and learn from each other. I think just about everyone on this trip was surprised at how much moisture that was generated from sleeping. Your sleeping bag was frozen with moisture from breathing, but also from your body. The inside of your tarp, netting was frozen with moisture. The bottom of your hammock collected moisture and froze. Fourdog was correct when he said you just have to manage the moisture and can't really stop it. He was right about this.

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    Thanks Pizza for the pics and the write up. Personally i thought Four Dogs was insightful and considerate bringing the tent and heater. I think its great to gain skills slowly with plan B close at hand. Cold temps and snow/wet are not very forgiving, not allot of room for learning the hard way . For those of us who are not skilled at winter hammock camping reports like this are an education and i'm happy for them tho i don't see myself going out at -15. Glad everyone had a good time and i look forward to more report from others.

    bill
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    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Well .... wasn't a group hang but HF member kwpapke and I did a -26º hang!
    It was a fun challenge...... here is the video: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/v...ils&videoid=59

    S-s-s-shug

    -26,,great job Shug. Good to know its possible and also that its over in Minn. Also good to see the Mini Atomic doing so well at that temp,,,Happy trails

    bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonetracker View Post
    i just ordered a pair of these military surplus mukluks.
    OK, confession time. I actually gave away my USAF issued Mukluks when I left Flagstaff and move to sunny SW Florida.

    I'm still kicking myself.

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    So, do we have any plans for a 2012 Frozen Butt Hang???
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